When your child exhibits changing behaviors, lacks focus, and begins struggling in school, you can receive comprehensive assessment help for ADD and ADHD at Valencia Pediatrics in Victorville, California. Rainilda Valencia, MD, is a highly experienced pediatrician skilled at assessing focus issues and other symptoms common with both ADD and ADHD. Along with Micaela Marin-Tucker, PA-C, and Megan Reynolds, C-PNP, Dr. Valencia offers several treatment options to help reduce the severity of your child’s symptoms and improve their behaviors. Learn more about available diagnostics for ADD and ADHD by calling Valencia Pediatrics or scheduling a consultation online today. Valencia Pediatrics is proud to also serve patients in the High Desert communities of Hesperia and Apple Valley.
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a common childhood condition that causes difficulties with focus and concentration, both at home and in a school environment.
In many cases, symptoms of ADD develop before age 12 and become noticeable enough to negatively affect your child’s actions and behaviors at school and in other social situations.
In attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), children have issues with concentration in addition to difficulties controlling impulsive movements and actions. A child with ADHD may struggle to sit still for any period of time, is often unable to play quietly, and may interrupt others frequently.
When symptoms of ADD or ADHD begin to impact your child’s life, you should consider scheduling an evaluation. While some children’s symptoms will resolve as they grow older, untreated ADD or ADHD can result in long-term mental health struggles, including depression and anxiety.
In some cases, ADD or ADHD can affect your child’s ability to learn, especially if they already have a learning disability.
Dr. Valencia discusses your concerns about your child’s behavior. She reviews their medical and family histories to rule out possible underlying medical issues that may be affecting their behaviors.
If she determines your child has ADD or ADHD, Dr. Valencia may also open up communication with other adults in your child’s usual activities, such as teachers, coaches, babysitters, and other family members. The information she gets from others is helpful in creating a treatment plan to address your child’s specific needs.
Managing symptoms of ADD or ADHD is possible with several therapy options. Depending on your child’s needs, Dr. Valencia may first recommend behavior and talk therapies to help your child learn new skills for coping with concentration issues. These therapies are also effective for kids that have difficulties staying still and behaving appropriately in social situations.
As part of comprehensive treatment, Dr. Valencia can also provide recommendations for your child’s school and other activities to ensure everyone is on the same page when it comes to treatment. She can also discuss with other members of your household how to help manage your child’s ADD or ADHD symptoms.
In some cases, medications like antidepressants, stimulants, and nonstimulants can be useful for reducing the severity of your child’s symptoms.